Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller
Date: November 16, 2020
There were many trails at Highbanks Metro Park, a huge 1,200 acre park. We hiked on Dripping Rock Trail and Overlook Trail before arriving at a 110 foot shale bluff overlooking the Olentangy State Scenic River and the river valley. The five miles of trails were shaded forests of oak, hickory and beech trees. The trails were very hilly with several bridges, creeks and ravines. Along the trail was the Pool Family Cemetery (Photo #3) with graves from the early 1800 settlers. The Pool Family had 13 children. One spur trail ended at an Adena Indian Burial Mound circa 700 – 100BC. Around mile 4.5 on the trail we discovered a prehistoric earthwork (Photo #4) which circles about a quarter mile in length. It was built by Native Americans around the year 1050. Flint tools, charcoal and other artifacts were found here.